Monday, September 15, 2014

Movie Review - What's Eating Gilbert Grape

What's Eating Gilbert Grape - (1993) Gilbert is a young man with a dead end life in a dead end town in Iowa.  He helps care for his morbidly obese mother (Darlene Cates), and his mentally challenged brother Arne (Leonardo DiCaprio) with his two sisters.  Meanwhile a customer at the grocery store where Gilbert works (Mary Steenburgen) is fighting her own battle with a dead end life by having an affair with Gilbert.  One day a trailer on its way west breaks down and Gilbert meets Becky (Juliette Lewis) and discovers that there might be a life beyond what he can see.

This movie is from the days when your head was suddenly snapping around when the name of Johnny Depp was mentioned.  He had done some small roles in movies and been a heart throb star on the television series "21 Jump Street".  With 1990's "Edward Scissorhands" we all began to look at Depp differently.  It also set the standard for his eclectic decision making in role selection.  In '93 he would make both this movie and "Bennie and Joon", then in 1994 make "Ed Wood" and "Don Juan DeMarco".  At that point it was clear this was a young actor worth keeping an eye on.  Twenty years later he still is.  When you're willing to take the kind of chances Depp does you don't always land winners.  Consistently he make movies with interesting characters and stories.  That's no small thing.

Yet in this movie his performance is not the one you will walk away talking about.  That credit goes to Leonardo DiCaprio.  Like Depp he had done some small movie roles and a couple stints on TV ("Growing Pains" and "Parenthood") before moving over to films full time.  While it was "Titanic" four years later that would launch him into stardom, this movie shows some serious performance chops.  His mentally challenged Arne is completely believable (I went back and double checked this was in fact DiCaprio while I was watching the movie), with both depth and nuance.  It's pretty impressive for an actor of any age.  For a nineteen year old with a background in bit roles and sitcoms, it's a stunning turn.

There's not a lot of complexity to the story.  The complexity is in how Gilbert navigates the relationships in a very small town at first and the added options when Becky arrives in his life.  The characters feel real, the stress of their lives reads true and it makes for a movie that draws you in quietly.  Director Lasse Halstrom (MY Life As A Dog", "Chocolat", "The Shipping News" and "The Hundred Foot Journey" among many others) does a wonderful job of combining distinctive visual choices with a simple unfolding of the story.

I didn't quite know what to expect when I started "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?".  In the end I got so much more than I had hoped for.

Rating - **** Recommended

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book Review - The Devil's Quota

The Devil's Quota by Tom Avitabile (2014, Story Plant) - Murder isn't simple when it kills an NYPD detective's partner and drags him into a conspiracy involving the economic 1%.  Detective DiMaggio follows the trail through the offices of a sexual behavior specialist and onto the international stage.  On the other side of the world an American Special Forces sergeant risks everything for the Afghan woman he loves.  Their path eventually leads back to the murder investigation in New York.

This is a solid mid-level thriller with decent story telling and some interesting twists.  I was a little worried when the author introduced the character of Cassandra Cassidy, the sexual behavior psychiatrist, who specializes in some kinky modification procedures.  He handled it well, allowing the concept to titillate without going completely over the top.  The relationship between the doctor and the detective never quite comes off the way I think he hoped but again he manages to make some interesting choices there as well.

I will admit to struggling a little with this book.  There's an early section concerning the Afghan story line that slips over into romance novel writing that did nothing for me.  The romance is necessary to the story line but the story felt like it veered off course at that point.  Honestly, I think he undersold that half of the story.  There was more to be created in that part of the novel that never felt like was fully explored.  The book is only 338 pages so there was certainly room for the growth of that story.

If there's a serious weakness to the book it's when Avitabile tries for snappy dialogue.  DiMaggio and Cassidy have the potential for some flirty, flinty back and forth in the tradition of Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, or even Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd in "Moonlighting".  In the end it just feels like he's trying to be clever rather than letting it happen.

Tom Avitabile admits to an enviable editing practice for his novels.  He takes them to a beach in Puerto Rico and does his work surround by the ocean, the sand and the occasional bikini.  I honestly can't think of a better place to read this novel.  On a sandy beach or wrapped in a blanket in a cooler clime.  This is the kind of book you want to snuggle up with for a quick and quiet thrill.

"The Devil's Quota" hits the bookshelves October 28, 2014.  You can pre-order it today.

Rating - *** Worth A Look

Monday, September 8, 2014

Movie Review - The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger (2013) - The classic western icon of the "Lone Ranger" returns to the screen as John Reid (Armie Hammer) survives an ambush that kills his brother.  The killers leave him behind, believing him dead.  A Comanche warrior/mystic, Tonto (Johnny Depp), finds the Ranger and joins forces with him to track down the bad guys.

I swore I wasn't going to watch this movie.  The trailers were so wretched that I saw no reason to spend even a matinee ticket's cost on it.

Turns out I was I right.

Astoundingly, Jerry Bruckheimer, one of the producers, believes that this is an under appreciated classic that will find a following as the years go by.  He believes the same thing about 2012's "John Carter of Mars" (see my review "John Carter of Meh").  I can only believe that this is the early symptoms of dementia for the legendary Hollywood producer.  If there is a future following for these movies it will be only as colossal catastrophes.

There is one good thing about this movie.  Visually, it is impressive.  There are clear homages to the work of John Ford and many of the great westerns.  Director Gore Verbinski manages to make the best of a visual hand made entirely of aces.

There's not much else to recommend this travesty.  It's an insult to the icon of "The Lone Ranger", an insult to American Indians, an insult to westerns and an insult to any movie viewer with an IQ above room temperature.  Depp as Tonto is just awful.  Armie Hammer's John Reid is an imbecile.  There is not a single moment in the movie that isn't utterly predictable.  Well, let me reconsider that last thought.  The movie lurches from comic to drama in a completely unpredictable manner.  It's like they had two completely different concepts for the movie, couldn't pick one and just jammed the two scripts together.  There's an utter disregard for the "canon" of the Lone Ranger story that would be fine if this were a full on parody.  But it's not.  There's way too much serious violence that would be fine if this were a grown up approach to the well worn story. I mean, seriously, how do you go from cutesy, smug badinage to cutting out a Texas Ranger's heart and eating it?  Thankfully, virtually all of that takes place off screen.  Quite honestly, the smartest, most "together" character in the movie is the horse, Silver.

There's a wrap around "narration" part that involves an elderly Tonto at a Wild West show that makes very little sense and adds even less to the movie.  And don't even get me started on the cannibalistic, demon bunnies.  Oh, how I wish I were kidding.

The final straw for me was the realization that they had decided to make the recurring "joke" of the movie the line "So what's with the mask?" in place of the iconic "Who was that masked man?".  Some things are just unforgivable.

Thankfully the movie was a colossal failure at the box office so there won't be a sequel.  Giacomo Rossini's descendants should sue for the abuse of the "William Tell Overture".

Rating - * Forget It

Friday, September 5, 2014

Reviewing Richmond Media - Sports Radio

I never really got into reviewing local media when I was in WNY because I knew too many of the players and had a long history there myself.  It just felt like I was going to be accused of bias one way or the other.  If I said nice things about my friends than I was going easy on them, if I criticized people that I had some bad history with than I was venting my personal issues.  No win, so I just avoided the issue.

Well, I have NO history in Richmond and I don't know anybody.  So I'll occasionally add in a few thoughts on what's going on around here.

I began with a lot of local sports radio for some reason.  I listen to very little radio in this format in WNY.  That's probably because there aren't many choices (WGR, Buffalo which I generally enjoyed).  Here in Richmond there are two primary sports stations -

ESPN 950 AM/WXGI (which simulcasts with Sports Radio 100.5), the local ESPN outlet and Washington NFL network affiliate (more on that in a minute)

Sports Radio 910/WRNL, the local Fox Sports outlet.

There's an upside and downside to both.

950 gets the nod for having some local personalities.  910 is entirely satellite shows as far as I can tell (Dan Patrick, JT the Brick, Jay Mohr - why is Jay Mohr still around?  The least funny, most self centered personality in a universe FILLED with unfunny, self centered people).  So if you're looking for some locally oriented talk you go with 950.  The problem for me is that the local air talent is not that good.  Late mornings are the realm of "Sportsphone with Big Al" and afternoons are covered by "Hardly Working with Greg Burton".  ESPN's "Mike & Mike in the Morning" cover 6-8 AM.  Colin Cowherd, and SVP and Rusillo fill between Big Al and Burton.

Let's start off by saying the names of the shows do very little for me.  "Sportsphone" sounds like a refugee from '80s radio.  "Hardly Working"?  Really?  Most of us who have worked in the industry know that it feels like we're hardly working but I don't see how that makes the audience want to engage.  It really sounds like it's aimed at folks with nothing better to do.  Now THAT'S excitement!

Big Al's "shtick" is being a good old boy.  Before everyone jumps down my throat, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this.  In fact, it can work quite well.  Al likes to call all his callers "Hoss" and generally sound like one of the good guys to hang out with in the backyard or the local taphouse.  The down side is that he sounds like he does about as much preparation as some guy in a bar.  I've been listening for a month and it always sounds like the show just kind of wanders.  Al never sounds like he's got a goal or he's going anywhere.  Just whatever comes up.  When you're up against a polished, prepared program like Dan Patrick's having a clearer concept of who you are and what you're doing probably wouldn't hurt.  Afternoons with Burton are pretty much the same thing.  There's a bit more energy to the program but it still sounds like pretty good college radio.  Not sports radio in the #55 market in the country.  When the Washington NFL team had their camp in Richmond, 950 went live in mid-days from camp.  The two announcers brought in for that definitely sounded like college radio level air talent.  It was pretty sad.  Knowing virtually nothing about the team I could have stepped in and done a better job.

Oh, and the whole team name issue?  Fairly big deal around here and the ESPN 950 guys are firmly on the owner's side about it.  Not surprising since Dan Snyder owns the radio stations.  Like the Washington DC market it appears that he is trying to control every aspect of how his team is presented.  Didn't hear a compelling argument during the entirety of training camp, just the usual tired nonsense.  Have you figured out which side I'm on?

The presentation is much more polished top to bottom at WRNL, Sports Radio 910.  On the local side they carry the local Class AA baseball team, the Richmond Flying Squirrels.  They also carry football for Virginia Tech (as does the local News/Talk WRVA), which is pretty important in these parts.  The problem is that it's all network blahblahblah.  Patrick is pretty good, Jay Mohr, well see above on that subject.  There's really nothing to get excited about here.

So what you're left with is two really uninspiring sports/talk outlets.  I'm not alone in that since neither station cracked the top 15 in the ratings(WRNL comes in at #16).  By comparison, in Buffalo (the #56 market so a perfect comparison), WGR is #7 and WWKB is #11.  Even with my issues with WGR they are head and shoulders above their counterparts here.  A really well organized local radio station could make some serious headway here.

Guess I'll keep listening.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Best of the Web - Brimfield PD Facebook page

(Best of the Web is an occasional series of posts where I highlight websites that I think bring out the best of what the web can be.  The choices and the standards upon which they are made are entirely my own)

David Oliver is the chief of police for a little community in northeastern Ohio called Brimfield.  In 2010, as a means to improve communication and transparency with the citizens in his area, Oliver launched a Facebook page.  It was a shot, as so many things on the Internet are.  An attempt to do something a little different.  His hope was to get about 500 people following the page (the population of Brimfield was 3,248 as of the 2000 Census).  The best decision that Chief Oliver made was to just be himself.  Both the professional police officer (the Chief isn't afraid to simply call himself a "cop") and the slightly goofy guy known to his friends and family.

So you may get a quick weather forecast, an update on the overnight arrests (no names or photos are published), a reminder about an upcoming local event.  Or a little bit of a rant about whatever is on the Cheif's mind.

Oh, the rants.

It's David Oliver's rants that made him the "Internet Sensation" that he is.  They are mostly focused on crime and the people who commit them.  "Mopes" in Chief-speak.  A "mope" is anyone who leeches off of society rather than trying to be a productive member thereof.  Do you take advantage of others?  You're a mope.  Do you steal, sell drugs or be generally abusive?  You're a mope.  Whatever your crime may be the Chief wants you to know one thing - you're not welcome in Brimfield.  His officers WILL catch you and they WILL send you to the county bed and breakfast (his euphemism for the county jail).  Oliver has a particular disdain for people who abuse children, women and old folks.  I think he finds throwing those "mopes" in jail especially satisfying.

To be honest, I don't always agree with the Chief on his rants.  I am certain that won't bother him.  But then, I bet the Chief and Mrs. Chief don't always agree either (I know I don't always agree with Mrs. Phlipside.  As I wise husband I remain silent at those times).  We don't have to agree, we just need to listen.  Plus, Oliver has suprised me a couple times.  His clear and direct thoughts on gun control struck me as particularly well thought out and came at the issue from a logical and useful angle.  Unlike most of the commentary I've heard over the years.

David Oliver is a career cop.  His job is to enforce the laws passed by the appropriate authorities.  Not comment on them, not interpret them.  That's what he does and I respect him for it.  I also respect the passion he brings to the job, the care he has for his community, the seriousness with which he takes his duty to "serve" that community.  His police department are involved in all kinds of programs to aid children and seniors and the Chief is right there in the midst of it.

The success of the Facebook page (he wanted 500 likes, as of the day I write this post they are at 159,707.  That makes them the third most followed PD page on Facebook.  Only Boston and NYC are ahead of them.  Think about that for a moment) has lead to a book, national media coverage, coffee mugs and t-shirts and more.  The Chief and Mrs. Chief have founded a charity to support children in need and the victims of abuse.  All the proceeds of the "stuff" goes to the charity.

It's also led to a small group of critics.  Personally, I think they're off base.  This is what social media is supposed to look like.  It's a two way conversation.  It's interaction for a higher cause.

It's what the Internet can be, at it's best.

Well done, Cheap Otter!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Movie Review - A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man (2014) - A young Chechen man arrives in Hamburg and immediately comes to the attention of the anti-terrorist forces in Germany.  He will be caught up in in post-9/11 paranoia, anti-Islamic suspicions and departmental conflict while his young attorney tries to "normalize" his stay.

It has been my practice here NOT to review current release movies.  There are plenty of people doing that so I've turned my attention to bringing both classic movies and lesser known films into the spotlight for people looking for good movies.  "A Most Wanted Man" was Philip Seymour Hoffman's last complete film and a spy thriller (a personal favorite genre) so it was a must see.  What I saw was so compelling I'm going to bend the rules a little.  Why not, they're my rules.

There's a generation of movie goers for whom the term "spy thriller" means the Bourne movies or the Mission Impossible films.  I grew up watching and reading Cold War spy stories.  The novels of John Le Carre, Graham Greene and Robert Ludlum created story genre that was paranoid, claustraphobic, bureacracy bound and amoral.  A world where alliances were fleeting and the truth was a fluid concept.  Right and wrong?  Fairy tales for children.  "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold", any of the GeorgeSmiley novels, "Our Man In Havana", "The Quiet American", "The Third Man" or even the Bourne novels created a world that seemed to be at odds with our own, even as it described those who were working to protect some version of that world.  While I really enjoy the Bourne movies, I miss the complex, intellectual challenge of the labyrinthine plot and counterplot of a Cold War spy movie.

Within ten minutes of the movie beginning I was thinking "This feels like a Le Carre movie" (I hadn't done much research and didn't know that it is based on a Le Carre novel, with the author and his son actively involved in the production).  Beyond the familiar convoluted story telling landscape I was captured by the brilliant acting in the movie as well.

The loss of Hoffman is such a huge blow to the acting landscape that it can barely be described.  He is at his usual nuanced best here as Gunther, leader of a "black unit", a secret project designed to track down terrorist threats before they become terrorist events.  Rachel McAdams does a wonderful job as the idealistic (and inevitably, slightly naive) attorney, Annabel Richter, trying to bring her client into legal compliance as regards his immigration.  Robin Wright is excellent in a small role as the American intelligence liaison from the embassy, Martha Sullivan.  Willem Dafoe gives us something slightly different than usual as banker Tommy Brue.  Dafoe usually gives us characters with both power and control.  Brue believes he has both but quickly finds that both have eluded him as he is drawn into the spy's byzantine world view.

The most stunning performance is by Grigory Dobrygin who plays the "most wanted man", Chechen refugee Issa Karpov.  The victim of Russian torture, and a Muslim from a suspect background, Dobrygin brings an enormous feeling of sadness and defeat to the role.  He has very few lines in comparison to Hoffman, Dafoe or McAdams but when he is on screen I couldn't take my eyes off of him.  The razor thin control of his underlying violence, the profound faith that helps him survive, and that pain in his eyes, oh the pain in his eyes, make him one of the most compelling performances I have seen in a while.

Parts of the story will not go over well with some parts of the American audience.  They won't like the ending and they won't like that the Americans are held in such poor regard by the rest of the cast.  In my opinion, the ending is brilliant and, sadly, we have earned EXACTLY this reputation in the world.  Through the Labor Day weekend the movie has brought in just shy of 16 million dollars so it will hardly be categorized as a summer hit (although the summer overall has been a great disappointment at the box office).  At the same time it is very much a movie worth seeing.

Especially if you love old school spy thrillers.

I went back and forth on my rating.  I've tried avoid "half star" ratings but this one certainly pushed me on that.  In the end I decided to "round up" because of the performances by both Hoffman and Dobrygin.

Rating - ***** Highly Recommended 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Movie Review - Pi

Pi (1998) - A surrealistic look at a mathematical genius in pursuit of the irrational number known as "pi" (π).  Max (Sean Gullette) believes that he can unlock the very nature of the universe if he can just figure out the work abandoned by his mentor Sol (Mark Margolis).  Sol gave up the quest because he believed it was killing him and that it will do the same to Max.  Meanwhile Max meets Lenny (Ben Shenkman) a Hasidic Jew who uses math to try and understand the Torah. The research brings Max to a mysterious 216 digit number that may hold the key to reality, or open the way for the Jewish messiah or simply drive him insane.

I'll admit the description above may not make you want to run right out and get a copy of "Pi".  At the same time this movie was such a balm for me after "The Purge" (review).  Everything that movie isn't, intellectually challenging, visually interesting, and well acted, this one is.

It is not your everyday movie fare.  The movie leans heavily on a surrealist vision of the story.  In case you're not 100% clear on surrealism (Art Appreciation was a long time ago for some of us), it is part of the avante garde movement in the arts that focused on the creative potential of the subconscious through a sometime irrational/illogical combination of images.  In other words, this is NOT a check your brains at the door movie.

Shot on a shoestring ($60,000) and entirely in black and white, it feels a little like classic German surrealist movies.  The mood is paranoid and claustrophobic.  At the same time it is just engrossing.  Darron Aronofsky made his directorial and screenwriting debut with this film and earned himself an award at the Sundance Film Festival as well.

This is not a light bit of fluff for an afternoon's viewing.  It is an intense and involving film with a story that can grab your imagination by the throat.

Rating - **** Recommended

Monday, August 25, 2014

Movie Review - Away We Go

Away We Go (2009) - Burt (John Kasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) are very much in love.  When they discover they are pregnant it suddenly dawns on them that they're not quite sure what to do next.  A cross country trip takes them to the homes of family and friends who slowly hone the couples understanding of what it means to be "family".

There is a time in life, between the end of school and when life gets serious, where you can still live your life as a "not quite grown up".  It's a time period that can be incredibly free and more than a little terrifying.  Burt and Verona have managed to extend that part of their lives into their early 30s.  But a baby suddenly means that certain questions can no longer be avoided.  They are naive, self centered and just a little vacuous.  Their response is to plan a rather optimistic tour of the nation that they expect will result in Burt getting a better paying job and them finding the "perfect" place to live.

The supporting cast in this one is really spectacular.  Catherine O'Hara and Jeff Daniels play Burt's completely self absorbed parents.  Allison Janney and Jim Gaffigan play a former co-worker of Verona's and her husband.  Janney's Lily is a loud, vulgar disaster of a mother, while Harrigan's Lowell is dour and pessimistic.  Verona's sister Grace (Carmen Ejogo) is one of the few normal people they meet on the trip.   Burt's childhood friend LN (Maggie Gyllenhaal) shows them another kind of family that pushes them both a little over the edge.  It's one mess after another until they finally land with Burt's brother.  His brother is faced with raising his daughter alone after his wife walks out on them.

There's a really neat little touch to this movie.  Burt and Verona are all those things listed above at the start of the movie.  They were so annoying that I was pretty sure I was going to hate the movie.  But as the action sweeps them along, they learn and grow.  At the beginning you're sure they are going to be the parents that ends up with children who have to take care of them.  By the end there's the real hope they might be able to pull it off.  Neither Rudolph or Krasinski have movie star good looks.  They are attractive, normal people and that plays to the advantage of the story.  These feel like real people struggling through a very big challenge.  Being a parent is the hardest job on the planet and there's no training available for it.  All you can do is hope and love and hang onto your loved ones.

Director Sam Mendes does a very nice job of letting the story tell itself.  It isn't a perfect movie, the story lurches a few times along the way.  In the end the combination of winning leads, good direction and a story with some real heart makes it well worth the time to watch it.

Rating - **** Recommended

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book Review - Skyjack - The Hunt for D.B. Cooper

Skyjack-The Hunt for D.B. Cooper by Geoffrey Gray (2012) - There are few crimes in American history that have grabbed the imagination the way the hijacking of an airplane by a man known only as "Dan Cooper".  Through a mistake "Dan Cooper" became "D.B. Cooper" and that is how history remembers him.  Cooper hijacked Northwest Orient Flight 305 out of Portland Oregon in November of 1971.  He released the passengers, extorted $200,000 (worth just over a million dollars today), had the plane take back off and parachuted out of the plane into history.  No one knows who "Cooper" really was or what happened to him.  Some of the money was recovered well away from the believed parachute area.  It remains the only unsolved air hijacking in American aviation history.

"Skyjack" is the work of  "New York Magazine" editor Geoffrey Gray.  Gray's work has appeared in the "New York Times Magazine" and "Sports Illustrated". He gets drawn into the story when an investigator comes to him with a tip.  That tip will lead him into the bizarre and twisted world of Cooper theorists and the subculture where they reside.  He will get a look at FBI files that have been tucked away for decades.

With that background you would expect an exciting and interesting book.  You'd be wrong.  Gray can't seem to decide if the book is about Cooper, about the theorist sub-culture or himself.  Potential identities for the hijacker get thrown into the story seemingly at random, disappear and then turn back up.  It's clear that Gray got caught up in the paranoia and mental fog that surrounds so many of the people in the story.  He is quickly not the clear minded journalist trying to shine a light into the dark corners of a story.  Instead he dives head first into the murky waters.

The end result is book that leaves you feeling unsatisfied.  Nothing particularly revealing is laid out here.  The author simply becomes another befuddled character in a story that is over flowing with the same.  If you don't know much about Cooper there are a few interesting notes scattered through the story.  The rest is just a vague and wandering story without a sufficient resolution.  It could have been so much more.

Rating - ** Not Impressed

Monday, August 18, 2014

Movie Review - The Purge

The Purge (2013) - In a new middle-of-the Apocalypse America the "New Founding Fathers" have instituted a new way to deal with the negative emotions of modern day life.  One day a year, for 12 hours, all laws are suspended and all emergency services are shut down.  For the 12 hours of the "purge" everyone is on their own.  In fact it is a cynical method of lowering the population and allowing the upper socio-economic classes to attack the poor.  The movie tracks one well to do family who ends up harboring a poor black man being pursued by a band of upper class psychopaths.

Let's get this done upfront.  This movie is odious.  The script is idiotic, the characters (as they inevitably do in slasher films) insist on doing THE STUPIDEST POSSIBLE THINGS AT ALL TIMES, plus there's the usual batch of horror cliche situations and characters.  The concepts of the movie are vile as well.  That a government might do such a thing is a common enough trope in fiction.  It might actually have been an interesting movie if we had been given a struggle between the ideologies expressed here.  But we don't.  The movie glories in the atrocities, the violence and the gore.  The family at the center of the story survives more through luck than anything else. Even the tacked on "moral" at the ending is achieved with one final spurt of blood.

What may be even more horrifying than the movie itself is that people flocked to see it.  "The Purge" cost around three million dollars ($3,000,000) to make.  It's domestic gross was sixty four million dollars ($64,000,000) and it added another twenty four million ($24,000,000) in the rest of the world.  There is no surprise in the fact that a sequel came out this year.  It's done quite well as well.

To the folks who saw it when it first came out I can give a pass.  To the folks who knew what it was going to be and those who went and saw it more than once (you know some folks did), I say this - what the hell is the matter with you?

Do the world a favor, don't put any more money in the pockets of the people who made this atrocity.

Rating - 1 *   I SO wanted to give this a "No Star" rating but that would be over the top.